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Industrial production slipped 0.6 percent as a whole for the 2016 fourth quarter, but ended the year on a strong note in December as manufacturing output outpaced mining.
by Board of Governors of U.S. Federal Reserve
1.19.2017
10:28am
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F.W. Webb held a "Topping Off" ceremony on Jan. 13 at the construction site of its new Londonderry, NH distribution center, celebrating the raising the final beam of the exterior structure. The completed facility will cover nearly 1 million square feet.
1.19.2017
9:47am
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The move complements Tech Air's acquisition of specialty gas producer Liquid Technology, completed last September.
by Tech Air
1.19.2017
9:28am
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Amherst, NH-based ControlAir, a manufacturer of precision pneumatic and electro-pneumatic controls, has appointed Jon Daley as director of sales and marketing and Cameron Crooks as midwest regional sales manager.
by ControlAir
1.19.2017
9:22am
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Small businesses are hoping to see some high-profile Obama administration regulations scrapped after Donald Trump takes office, with rules affecting overtime, sick leave and the environment among those that may be taken off the books.
by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer
1.19.2017
9:12am
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ISA Distributor members ended the year with an increase in activity expansion while suppliers dipped as the overall U.S. industrial economy grew for a third straight month.
1.18.2017
10:21am
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These latest Quick Hits discuss the recent announced private acquisition of Hitachi Power Tools and Stanley Black...
1.18.2017
10:20am
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ID contributing editor Jack Keough provides a roundup of recent news on Amazon's planned fulfillment center expansion.
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1.18.2017
10:19am
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Continued strong growth in Fastenal's vending business powered a strong finish to 2016, even as store closures continued to far outpace openings.
1.18.2017
9:52am
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Newell is selling its Rubbermaid consumer storage brand to United Solutions, a supplier of plastic products for the home and office.
by Newell Brands
1.17.2017
4:34pm
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Atlas Copco intends to split into two listed companies, one focused on industrial customers and the other focused on mining/civil engineering customers.
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1.17.2017
9:57am
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Following his 2016 recap of notable industrial distribution M&A activity, Burke Burkhardt discusses the key factors that will determine the amount of activity in 2017, as well as tips for what not to do when being acquired.
by C.A. "Burke" Burkhardt
1.17.2017
9:05am
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Amazon plans to hire 100,000 full time workers over the next 18 months, highlighting its ambitious expansion plans — and the sharp contrast the e-commerce powerhouse strikes against traditional brick-and-mortar retailers, many of which are cutting jobs...
by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer
1.17.2017
9:05am
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Moorepark, CA-based TestEquity, a one stop, value-added provider of premium electronic test...
by TestEquity
1.17.2017
9:02am
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DPA Buying Group recently announced the addition of two suppliers to its Industrial division, welcoming Bondhus Corporation and Eagle Manufacturing. 
1.16.2017
12:41pm
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Syncron chief marketing officer Gary Brooks forecasts how a handful of supply chain elements will unfold in 2017, including service parts inventory management, cloud-based technology, predictive analytics, wearable technology and driverless vehicles.
by Gary Brooks
1.16.2017
10:11am
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Along with unveiling a new logo, Air Liquide said that the Airgas acquisition has grown the company to a headcount of 68,000 employees, serving more than 3 million customers and patients worldwide.
by Air Liquide
1.16.2017
10:11am
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Joe Rubens has 19 years of industry knowledge and expertise to his new role, where he will replace a retiring Dan Martin.
by Wolter Power Systems
1.16.2017
10:01am
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Though the layoffs would impact less than 1 percent of Lowe's total workforce, reports say the company is altering the roles and responsibilities of other employees to increase productivity.
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1.16.2017
9:29am
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HT Capital Advisors senior managing director C.A. "Burke" Burkhardt recaps many of the largest industrial distribution transactions in 2016 and discusses their market impact.
by C.A. "Burke" Burkhardt
1.16.2017
9:22am
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The active U.S. oil rig count snapped an 11-week streak of gains in the latest weekly report from Baker Hughes, though the count is still expected to resume an overall rise.
1.13.2017
4:24pm
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Market news has picked up after an expected slow period over the holidays, Stanley Black & Decker's Craftsman purchase leading the way. Another fiscal earnings reporting period has also begun, starting with MSC sharing its Q1 figures on Wednesday.
1.13.2017
10:38am
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The Power Transmission Distributors Association has revised its distributor membership criteria to be more inclusive and ensure the association is fully representative of distributors in the power transmission/motion control industry.
by PTDA
1.13.2017
10:17am
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Fire crews' initial investigation reveals the cause of the early morning fire — which began in the Geismer, LA gas testing lab within the facility — may have been faulty equipment.
1.13.2017
10:04am
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It's the latest major deal in a flurry of activity in the industrial tools market, as Hitachi has been making power tools for more than 50 years and has about nine manufacturing plants throughout the world.
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1.13.2017
9:50am
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The Seattle Times reported that the e-retailer deployed about 45,000 robots in its distribution centers during the 2016 holiday season. That's up from some 30,000 robots in the previous season and from 15,000 in 2014.
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1.13.2017
9:05am
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When transitioning to a cloud-based ERP system, the implementation process can either set a distributor up for success, or lead the company down a long, winding road of challenges. Here, Mike Kean outlines how to ensure the former.
by Mike Kean
1.13.2017
9:05am
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As if the e-commerce giant's recently-released idea for an airship stocked with packages and drones wasn't far-fetched enough, the company is also exploring going underground to transport packages and avoid common logistics congestion.
1.12.2017
10:34am
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Hydraulic House is a Parker Truck Center offering Parker hydraulic components, a full line of Parker fluid connector products and in-house service and repair for all brands of hydraulic equipment. It also has a branch in Dothan, AL.
1.12.2017
9:55am
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ABI Research indicates that as industrial robots continue to infiltrate the workforce to increase production efficiencies, this will result in annual revenue exceeding $30 billion in 2020 and nearly $45 billion in 2025.
by ABI Research
1.12.2017
9:54am
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Optimism regarding the prospects of the U.S. economy surged in PwC's fourth quarter Manufacturing Barometer survey, as industrial manufacturers pointed to an improved outlook, including higher company revenue forecasts and increased capital spending...
by PwC
1.12.2017
9:28am
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While the year-over-year decrease continued for another month, industry experts expect improvements by the end of Q1 as economic indicators show growing optimism for an improving manufacturing market.
by U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and Association For Manufacturing Technology
1.11.2017
5:07pm
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Walter will shut down production of its special and inch tools at its Pewaukee, WI location by the end of March and will shift production to larger global facilities.
1.11.2017
10:43am
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Get a video overview of an array of services offered by Edgen Murray — No. 17 on Industrial Distribution's 2016 Big 50 List — including procurement and consultancy, engineering and design, fabrication, assembly, welding and document and project...
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1.11.2017
10:07am
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MSC's 2017 first quarter included a continued overall sales decline year-over-year, but strong December has the company optimistic going forward and projecting sales growth in Q2.
1.11.2017
9:53am
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Mencom Junction Blocks are IP67 rated for a wet environment and designed to endure high-impact and vibration so that a reliable connection is consistently provided on the harsh manufacturing floor.
1.11.2017
9:01am
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Barbara Dunlavey brings more than 20 years of experience managing numerous international and national membership organizations to FPDA as its new executive director.
by FPDA
1.10.2017
4:52pm
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The new Fairmont website offers powerful search capabilities making it easy for users to shop and buy a variety of specialty products in the areas of safety, general industrial, power and hand tools, hose and rubber, material handling and processing,...
by Fairmont Supply
1.10.2017
4:39pm
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AD announced the appointment of Jeff Hockin, President and COO of Casper, WY-based Crum Electric Supply Co. to the AD Board of Directors and to the AD Electrical U.S. Board of Directors.
1.9.2017
5:16pm
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In the wake of the Linde-Praxair merger, further notable market consolidation may be imminent as Air Products has made a bid to acquire Yingde Gases Group, China's largest independent producer of industrial gases.
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1.9.2017
4:51pm
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